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Acting Auditions for Kids
Getting there: No matter how many auditions you and your child go on it can still be quite nerve racking. You are often going to have to audition at a new place every time so there may be some logistical problems finding where you need to go and whom you need to see. Because of this you should always give yourself PLENTY of time. Too much time even. It's better to be sitting in the waiting room than making a bad impression by running late.
Getting stressed and flustered is going to have a negative effect on your child's audition, or worse- if you are too late the casting director may not even agree to see you, which could be very disconcerting to your child’s confidence. Remember if you are auditioning at a major studio (especially a studio that is based in Hollywood) you will need a lot more time than you think to get through all the security check points, find parking, find the building you need to go to and then the room you should be in.
Once you arrive you will either have to sign your child in on the sign in sheet or you may have to register your arrival with an assistant. Usually they will have signs up to point you in the right direction but letting someone know you are there is important to help the casting director run the auditions as smoothly as possible.
While you wait
While you and your child are waiting try and stay focused. Waiting rooms invariably have their own in-built distractions with people coming and going and of course add on top of all of that the nerves. Try and find a quite place to go over the audition (it may be a monologue your child has already learned or some sides provided at the audition). Remember out of respect for the casting director you must stay very quiet in the waiting room, but if you do venture off to find a quiet spot dont go too far. You may lose track of time and you do not want the casting director’s assistant, or worse the casting director, running around trying to find you. Keep an eye on the time and an ear out for your child’s name to be called.
When your child goes into the audition
At acting auditions for kids make sure you have an actor headshot and professional acting resume that your child will take in with them to the audition, other than this and a wish of ‘good luck’ this is about all you can give them before they go in to see the casting director. At most auditions you will not be allowed to go in and watch, this is pretty standard and is probably for the best.
After the audition
After the audition don’t badger your child with questions about how it went. Show interest and ask about what happened but remain positive and remember if they don’t want to talk about it you shouldn’t push them to. It will not be helpful for future auditions. The best thing you can do is listen and be supportive and whatever you do, keep good records. Some auditions will be good and some will not be so good, but the more your child goes on the better they will get. Keeping auditions ‘fun’ and keeping a positive attitude around them is key, as your child will be doing more auditioning than anything else when they are starting out their career.
More helpful links that can help you in preparing for acting auditions for kids:
What to do after the audition, when you don't get called back.
Advice from an agent on whether to use props while performing a monologue at an audition.
Watch out for acting scams!
A girl and her mother, ALMOST victims of an acting scam.
The worst part of acting auditions for kids and how to deal with it.
Where to find acting auditions
A Guide To Starting A Successful Acting Career
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